Just when I'm thinking I'm running out of things to write, CBS bails me out.
The network announced this week plans to air a series called "Arranged Marriage," in which four single people aged 25-45 allow their family and friends to pick their spouse. The couple then gets married for real and the cameras follow their lives.
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The show is from the same people who brought us "Top Chef."
Despite my mom no doubt signing me up for this as we speak, this show doesn't seem the greatest idea in the world. Perhaps CBS ought to remember that of all the incarnations of shows like "The Bachelor," only one couple has managed to stick it out, and they chose to marry for themselves.
Of course, there are several parts of the world where marriages are arranged, but my guess is that A) it's not really the same audience as Middle America and B) those places where they do arrange the marriages don't have TV crews living with the couple.
It's odd that this would come from CBS, which has a stable of solid core shows as well as a successful group of reality shows like "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race." (Of course, they do bring us "Big Brother" as well, so they ain't all that great). "Arranged Marriage" would seem to bear the stamp of Fox and reality guru Mike Darnell, but perhaps Fox is finally showing some taste.
Anyway, it's stuff like this that is the reason why people aren't watching TV any more.
'SUPER' RATINGS: People are, however, watching the Super Bowl so long as the teams involved continue to deliver great games. Sunday's game was the second-highest rated ever, trailing only last year's game between the Patriots and the Giants. Considering this game had the Arizona Cardinals -- not a team that was either perfect or based in New York -- involved, a 42.1 rating and a 65 share is pretty good. The total audience was estimated at 95 million.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Speaking of CBS, only "Without A Trace" is new tonight, at 10 p.m.
"American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m.) is back in Hollywood as the contenders battle to get to the next round of cuts. It's followed by a new "Fringe" at 9 p.m.
"Scrubs" (ABC, 9 p.m.) has two new episodes tonight, though sadly, none with "Sesame Street" characters like last week. How many other primetime series work in "Sesame Street?" Honestly?
"Law & Order: SVU" (NBC, 10 p.m.) follows "The Biggest Loser," while CW has new episodes of "90210" and "Privileged," beginning at 8 p.m.
On PBS, "Frontline" examines the search for a cure for Parkinson's Disease at 10 p.m.
On cable, "Leverage" (TNT, 10 p.m.) celebrates its renewal for a second season with a new episode, and "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 10 p.m.) is new.